Registration for Summer 2018 Adult Continuing Education Courses is Now Open! 

NEW: Register online or download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603




Product Design #1218
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
July 30-August 3
Learn how to approach a design project, formulate proper research questions, and use analog and digital prototyping to experiment, validate, and communicate your ideas. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum provide inspiration, while access to the School's fabrication studios and digital input and output facilities allow students to engage in material exploration. 

Picture as Sculpture #1235
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
July 30-August 3
Heightened by the digital age, painting's ability to create pictorial illusion has resulted in a peculiar cognitive dissonance, negation, and blindness when tasked with making room for images among other objects. The ensuing crisis of painting after the invention of photography produced a rupture in which the sculptural quality and potentials of the medium were addressed by a number of artists. Slide presentations, discussions, readings, and critiques will focus on the material manifestation of images by focusing on various artists, art movements, elements of visual language, and historical and contemporary concepts. Though a combination of assigned and self-directed art projects, students are encouraged to pursue their own ideas and creative goals as they work with the course material.

Signs, Posts, and Banners #1238
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
August 6-10
Graphic signage take on many forms. Through art, writing, and design, people communicate, promote and disseminate information in eye-catching ways. This course will give students an introduction to the history of activist art, sign painting, and poster design, and provide them with the basic tools required to create printed posters and zines that focus on a subject important to them. Looking at the work of Ralph Ellison, Shepard Fairey, the Guerilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, Sarah Sze, Ai Weiwei, and Chicago sign painters among others, students will learn how to translate their interests and passions to a powerful and concise design piece. 

Painting and Drawing Intensive #1191
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
August 6-10
During this week-long intensive, students will be fully immersed in their creative work while discovering the joy and excitement of engaging with their materials, ideas, peers, and instructor in new and inspiring ways. Students will focus on the intimate relationship between drawing and painting, and experiment with a wide range of multi-disciplinary approaches that will help build a bridge between the two. Working with wet and dry media, students will develop technical and conceptual skills to expand their personal visual language and broaden their relationship with their work. Students will experiment with traditional and non-traditional drawing and painting materials to deepen their connection to contemporary studio practices. Discussions, critiques, museum visits, field trips, and faculty presentations will be included.


We believe meaning and making are inseparable. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) noncredit courses and certificate programs reflect SAIC’s educational philosophy, adapted for the adult learner.

Explore new subjects, learn new skills, or refresh existing ones in our state-of-the-art facilities and studios. Experiment with new modes of creative production, including laser cutting and 3D printing, or find inspiration with access to the Fashion Resource Center, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank.

Pursue your creative vision under the guidance of our instructors, comprised of practicing artists, designers, and scholars. Learn with and from your peers as you develop and strengthen your creative and critical abilities, and produce work based on your personal research and interests.

International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in our Continuing Studies programs. However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in nondegree Continuing Studies programs and courses.

Continuing Studies—International Students [PDF]